FROM THE PASTORAL ASSOCIATE’S DESK:
The readings this week continue to focus on Jesus feeding the hungry. The sad part is that they can’t recognize the miracle that’s right before their eyes….the true source of the food that God has provided and His continued care for them. Today’s gospel takes place right after the crowds ate the multiplied bread Jesus provided them. He fed them because they were hungry; but he reminds them that they will be hungry again. Jesus is aware of our physical needs and hungers, but he should mean more to us than the immediate situations we find ourselves in. If those situations were to be resolved, would we have less need for him in our lives? Are we grateful for the help we have received in hard times and do we see God as the provider of that help? If we have read the signs, if we had “wide open eyes,” then we are grateful for those who fed us bread when we needed it. Hopefully, we are thankful for the many people who have been there for us in the difficult times. The ones who have said, “You can count on me, I’ll be there for you or how can I help you.” They, like Moses in the desert, were the feeders, but God was the one who provided the bread. How do we respond to this generous God? The 14th century Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer we every say in our lives is “Thank you,’ that will be enough.”
“Thank you” for being the wonderful parish community you are. We have much to be grateful for…God and each other.
Have a great week!
Blessings to you,